A long Pentecost weekend, relaxation, lots of sun. The good thing: nationwide, Germans took a short vacation, let their souls dangle, partied, and enjoyed their days off to the fullest. The problem: On Whit Monday, most people go home. For many with the 9 euro ticket – and unfortunately also the maximum!
Many families and friends used the weekend for a quick beach break or city trip. Now we return home with our suitcases packed, for many by train.
Is the chaos of the trains coming after the weekend of relaxation? Read here where you will not get any information about the app, overcrowded platforms and trains are a threat and where your journey will end up in a dead end.
After the fatal train accident, the route is still closed
▶︎ After the Garmisch-Partenkirchen train disaster with five dead ( BILD reported) the recovery and investigation work will continue on Whit Monday. As reported by Deutsche Bahn, a railway crane supplied by DB Netz AG of Wanne-Eickel (NRW) will be used in addition to the road cranes. The crane has a lifting capacity of 250 tons and is used to rail the control car of the accident train.
As in recent days, the three road cranes are in the process of lifting the derailed wagons, which will then be dismantled and transported away.
The train derailed on Friday afternoon: five people were killed and more than 40 were injured. The investigation into the cause of the accident is still ongoing. According to a statement from Deutsche Bahn, “A full assessment of the damage that has occurred on the section and its repair will only be possible after the salvage works have been completed. It is therefore not yet possible to predict when the route can be reopened.”
Commuters and travelers who were traveling this route will then need to reschedule. Trains from Munich (main station) run to Oberau. From Mittenwald trains turn off at Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
The train has established a replacement bus service between Oberau and Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Time error in Bavaria
︎ In addition to the crowds of people on the slopes over the Pentecost weekend, technology in Bavaria also didn’t work. The trains of the regional railway BRB did not appear either in the DB app or on www.bahn.de. Fun fact: the trains were represented on the station boards, but not in the timetable information.
On its website, the Bayerische Regionalbahn (BRB) apologized for the chaos, writing: “Dear BRB passengers, From 5.6. until 17.6. Due to an interface problem, no connections are included on www.bahn.de BRB railways (…) This problem affects the routes “Munich – Rosenheim – Salzburg / Kufstein” and “Munich – Holzkirchen – Rosenheim”.
Only on June 13 will it be possible to correct the incorrect plan.
Tip: The Web App” Marudor“ shows real-time data on train departures in a clear list.
Big chaos starting on Sylt?
After probably the most unusual weekend for a long time, the islanders of Sylt can finally breathe a sigh of relief: the islanders have survived the rush after the stress of the 9 euro ticket!
With the 9 euro ticket at the weekend tourists who otherwise never stay on Sylt came: punks en masse. Even before the 9 euro ticket was launched, appeals by left-wing groups to “get on board” of the island were circulating on social networks. This was immediately apparent to the railways. The regional trains were already 130% full at the beginning of the weekend, bicycles can no longer be taken and a ride cannot be guaranteed.
But contrary to all fears, the situation on the North Sea island of Sylt remained calm on Monday night. According to police, there were only seven operations on Monday night and nine on Sunday.
But now there is a big starting chaos on Sylt? It is very likely!
After the first endurance test for the 9 euro ticket, the “Pro Bahn” passenger association sees its criticisms confirmed. “During peak periods, demand on main routes was so high that trains could not leave. And some railway companies – such as Metronom in northern Germany – have excluded the transport of bicycles because they could not handle the ride,” said Karl-Peter Naumann of the Pro Bahn passenger association on Monday.
The chaos was predictable and the result of a political offer without having the necessary rail traffic capacity. “Not everything that’s well-intentioned is also well-done,” Naumann said. The beauty of the 9 euro ticket is that it brought local public transport back into the conversation. “But it only works if the skills are there,” he stressed.
He advised rail travellers, if possible, to switch to mid-week days and reconsider their destination. “It must be Sylt, Warnemünde or the Tegernsee lake – or aren’t there other beautiful areas where the demand is lower?” says Naumann.
“As expected, there have been and are regional peaks in passenger numbers, especially to tourist destinations. Nationwide, we are seeing stable rail operations overall. It is still too early for a detailed assessment,” a railway spokesman said at the request of BILD.
Roads and full trains in NRW
▶︎ A visit to the Cologne Cathedral, shopping in Düsseldorf or a trip to the Moviepark. There is a lot to see in NRW. The problem: Many had this thought over the Pentecost weekend and left.
Already on Saturday afternoon there were the platforms of the Cologne main station from which a Regiobahn departed full. Many travelers were carrying shopping bags and apparently had come to Cologne to shop. Due to full platforms, database security has temporarily blocked access to the platform with warning tape.
The situation at the main stations in Cologne and Düsseldorf was much more relaxed on Sunday: although there was a lot of activity, there was no sign of chaos. This could change over the course of Monday: In addition to full motorways, Whit Monday should again be very crowded, especially on regional trains in NRW. For excursions and trips, many people use the 9 euro ticket for a short ride on Saturdays and Sundays.
“We recommend that our passengers find more information shortly before starting their journey in the media of local transport associations or via the DB Navigator,” a Deutsche Bahn spokesman said on Sunday. Furthermore, Deutsche Bahn has asked travelers not to take bicycles on trains unless they are absolutely necessary. Why: Even without wheels, most wagons are already overloaded, if not overloaded.
The result: long waiting times and delayed departures and arrivals.
Pentecost was the first test of resistance for the discount campaign. A first indicator of what awaits us in the coming months. Because the ticket is valid for June, July and August – and is sure to bring more trouble to the railways and politics this holiday season.
And on the highways?
Return traffic should also be noticeable on motorways – risk of traffic jams, especially in the afternoon! Full secondary trails are also planned for Monday, as many hikers are likely to be on the road.
The automobile clubs expect traffic jams and delays, especially in the large areas of Hamburg, Berlin, Rhine-Ruhr, Rhine-Main, Stuttgart and Munich, on routes to the coast and on the following routes in both directions:
A 1 Cologne – Dortmund – Bremen – Hamburg – Lübeck
A1 / A3 / A4 Cologne Ring
A 2 Berlin – Hanover – Dortmund
A 3 Oberhausen – Cologne – Frankfurt am Main – Würzburg – Nuremberg – Passau
A 4 Triangle of Kirchheim – Erfurt – Dresden
A 5 Hattenbacher Dreieck – Darmstadt – Karlsruhe – Basel
A 6 Kaiserslautern – Mannheim – Heilbronn – Nuremberg
A 7 Flensburg – Hamburg – Hanover – Kassel – Würzburg – Ulm – Füssen/Reutte
An 8 Karlsruhe – Stuttgart – Munich – Salzburg
A 9 Berlin – Nuremberg – Munich
A 10 Berlin ring
An 11 Berliner Ring – Uckermark Triangle
A 19 Dreieck Wittstock – Rostock
A 24 Berlin – Dreieck Wittstock
UN 45 Olpe Hagen
UN 61 Mönchengladbach – Koblenz – Ludwigshafen
UN 81 Würzburg – Heilbronn – Stuttgart – Singing
UN 93 Rosenheim-Kiefersfelden
A95/B2 Munich – Garmisch-Partenkirchen
UN 96 Kreuz Memmingen
UN 99 Go around Munich
According to ACE, the situation on the roads in Austria and Switzerland should be “one to one” like in Germany. On Mondays, excursion traffic also plays an important role on the branch lines.
According to ADAC, the Tauern, Inn Valley, Brenner, Rhine Valley and Gotthard lines are particularly at risk of congestion.
For Switzerland, the ACE anticipates longer traffic jams on key travel days on the Gotthard route in front of the north portal of the Gotthard tunnel. If the waiting time is more than an hour, it is worth taking the alternative route through the San Bernardino tunnel.
Anyone planning an Alpine Road tour should know that some passes are currently still closed. The latest steps will be released in June. Random checks for border traffic cannot be excluded. However, according to ADAC, due to the easing of entry regulations in many countries, things are progressing much faster than just a few weeks ago.